So we finally got my puppy, Copper in for his exam. I walked in nervous and walked out ticked. We had a fetal and ear swab done as well as a comprehensive exam. Here are all the results that Copper has:
1. Flea dermatitis- Being bitten so much he now has a bad allergic reaction to them.
2. Ear mites- They weren't just present, it was a chronic infection.
3. Distended abdomen- His little belly was so swollen, of course, he had worms.
4. Chronic overbite- Not only will he always have trouble eating, his front teeth will never be clean, if we don't brush them daily he will have severe dental problems down the road.
And, the last and worst:
5. Sublaxivity of the hips- A positive sign of premature hip dysplasia.

When I called the breeder she was extremely uncooperative and never showed any concern for the pups health, just the money. I faxed the vet reports to her and she said she would give me a full refund for exchange of the pup,( not only do I live six hours away, but I know all she would do is turn around and resell it to someone who wouldst take as good of care of it) or half money back. Our vet bill was 295$. He was 400$. He will require serious surgery in a few months. When I told her this she told me I was the only one who ever complained about one of her dogs in ten years and that maybe she should have taken it to the vet before giving it to me. Which is where I lost it. I told her it was her effing duty as a breeder to make sure her pups were healthy. She said her vet would get with my vet and we will "negotiate Monday". What can I do to justify poor Coppers condition? He is screaming in pain everyday from medicine and whatnot and not only can I barely help him, we both shouldn't be going through this in the first place. Someone please give me advice.

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Comment by Geri & Sidney on May 9, 2012 at 1:30am

If it does end up being real hip dysplasia, he'll be fine. Sidney had the FHO surgery a year and a half ago and he's done amazingly well. Recovery was pretty quick considering the surgery he had. He walks miles now without any limp whatsoever. So chin up, you are going to give Copper a WONDERFUL life!

Comment by Emily & Scout on May 7, 2012 at 2:09pm

It's so good that you are taking action against them.  I hate to hear that the poor little guy may have ongoing medical issues, but he is in good hands and you sound very responsible in making sure anything medical that pops up will be taken care of (yay for insurance!)

But if you end up being the person that puts a stop to a bad breeder, then that is awesome! Someone needs to do something, and you have a good case and vet records to back it up.

Comment by Brittany,Chancey,&Copper on May 7, 2012 at 12:46pm
Thank you Lori and Kaitlyn we are doing everything we can to put a stop to this. All the letters will be sent out by tomorrow!
Comment by Lori A. Haskett on May 7, 2012 at 12:33pm

Brittany, Chauncy and Copper! I am so very sorry to hear about all you all are going thru! You've come to THE BEST place for help and support! Hang in there and know that we all are there for you in any way we can help. I think you' ve had some awesome responses. Hope you are able to find the help you all need to get thru this...

Comment by Kaitlyn & Chase on May 7, 2012 at 12:24pm

As far as the surgery goes, I would at least get a second and maybe third opinion first. Not all vets are familiar with Corgis.
That's my opinion anway. If I was told my child needed to have surgery I would have more than just one opinion, I usually do the same with my furkids. Good luck to the both of you with your tough road!

Comment by Brittany,Chancey,&Copper on May 7, 2012 at 12:23pm
@ Chris: Don't worry I wouldn't dream of putting him through surgery until he was at least one or two. And our vet is Banfield through Petsmart and has only the latest medical technology available and should help us monitor it properly as he grows. We went ahead and put him on full coverage insurance until he is two to play it safe.@Roger: I am so glad you told me you went through the same thing, and I don't feel so alone, were hoping Copper grows out of his hips, his teeth are easily taken care of and thank you for your support, your corgis pictured are absolutely gorgeous :) As for diets, he is on Wellness, both my corgs are so soon he should be on tip top shape!
Comment by Roger/Laurie on May 7, 2012 at 12:12pm

Our Tenby was a product of back yard "stupid" breeding.  He has an overbite. The breeder had bred the same parents a year before and had 50% of the puppies with overbite problems. So just to see if it was a fluke she bred them again the next year.  Not sure how many out of the litter had problems.  Tenby was kept in a kennel for 6 months because she didn't know what to do with him.  Finally rescue got him, then us.  His overbite is not terrible and he didn't have all the problems that Copper has.  But due to poor nutrition and lack of exercice his shoulders are in bad shape and he will not survive that. Cooper is so lucky you found him, he deserves a great loving home.

Comment by Chris, Kadi & Brodie on May 7, 2012 at 12:09pm

I forgot to add, as I think someone else already posted, don't do any surgery until he is fully grown. Hips can look bad, then improve as he develops. So, hold off on any decisions about hips until he is at least a year, maybe two. As I recall the OFA won't certify until after 2 years of age for this very reason. It could be that as young as he is, just good nutrition and exercise will go a long way with improving his hips.

Comment by Brittany,Chancey,&Copper on May 7, 2012 at 11:59am
That is a great idea!!! I'm going to be printing out alot of letters! Lots of prayers for us guys were gonna try everything we can!
Comment by Jane Christensen on May 7, 2012 at 11:54am

I just thought of something and it may not work but I would figure out who some the county officials are where she lives and send them a letter as to what happened also. A few months ago I emailed all the county officials dealing with whether or not to let someone start up a new "pupy mill"(there names and emails were provided through one of our humane societies) We were able to email all these people including the judge(I believe)...that would be getting close to home for her.

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